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  • York Region

    Innovators Step into the Spotlight

  • York Region

    An Incubator for Corporate R&D

  • York Region

    Fertile Ground Where Start-Ups Take Root

Doing something innovative? York Region is a great place to be!

Global business leaders IBM, Magna and LEO Pharma have all based their research and development efforts in York Region. Ranking among the top Toronto area’s R & D investors, these corporate powerhouses find the Region’s highly-skilled workforce to be a motivating factor in location choice. LEO Pharma, a company specializing in dermatology, recently invested $100 million for a new research lab in Markham.

A growing, vibrant startup ecosystem is emerging in York Region with the growth of such innovative startups to scaled-up companies of Sulon, Real Matters and Green Owl Mobile. Budding entrepreneurs have the opportunity to bring their ideas to light using makerspaces such as NewMakeIt and YLabs while StartUp weekends at Seneca College and York University encourage entrepreneurs to take the plunge. The upcoming generation of entrepreneurs benefit from the Region’s library programs that provide training in 3D printing, coding and robotics.

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Innovation Resources in York Region

There is a flourishing climate of creativity in York Region. ventureLAB, the Regional innovation centre, provides mentoring and programming to high-growth startups. Entrepreneurs can incubate their ideas with the help of Seneca’s HELIX incubator or CreateIT Now, an incubator at SouthLake Regional Hospital specializing in health care, also benefitting from access to ORION, a high-speed optical fibre network. Signature events such as medEDGE, a leading life sciences conference and TAVES, Canada’s premier Consumer Electronics show provide opportunities to network and connect.

Shared Office Space in York Region

York Region has many options for businesses and entrepreneurs looking for shared and co-working office space throughout it’s nine different municipalities. The spaces are organized by our southern three – Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan – and northern six communities (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, and Whitchurch-Stouffville).

Additional Innovation Resource Links

Online resources for accessing networks, events, funding, mentoring and connecting with entrepreneurs that share interests and challenges.

Government of Ontario Business Advisory Services

Find information and guidance to grow your business through this network of business support offices. Learn more about networking, developing your market, operational improvements and accessing federal, provincial and municipal programs and events.

Young Canadian Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association

YCCPEA is a not-for-profit organization that helps young Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals.

CanadaOne

CanadaOne is a free, just-in-time business resource with over 900 articles on how to start-up and grow a Canadian business.

Schulich School of Business Centre for Global Enterprise

The Toolbox is a network of contacts, resources and information designed to encourage and support SME’s in successfully engaging with markets and opportunities outside of Canada.

Green Connections

Green Connections is a business networking group supporting green initiatives. Guests are always welcome. Sign up online to attend a monthly meeting.

Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP)

CAMP is an organization of marketers who connect to learn, and grow with a focus on keeping the marketer relevant.

Startup York

Startup York is a grassroots movement, led by local entrepreneurs and supported by organizations committed to help York Region-based, early stage businesses succeed.

York Region Mompreneurs®

York Region Mompreneurs®, proudly supporting and connecting with women entrepreneurs from York Region.

Fireside Conference

Fireside Conference is an invite-only and off-the-grid retreat with the brightest minds in the Canadian tech, startup and entrepreneur community.

Women in Business in Vaughan

Our mission is to provide a supportive and informative environment both online and in the community for Women in Business in Vaughan to network, share knowledge and build relationships to grow successful businesses.

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17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
L3Y 6Z1

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